ROLAND GARROS 2013
Nadal's "Special" Moments, Silent Love
by ATP Staff|
ATPWorldTour.com takes a look at the news and talking points at Roland Garros on the final Sunday.
Nadal: Every Major Is Special
It’s been a remarkable four months for Rafael Nadal, who has won seven titles from nine finals since making his return to the ATP World Tour in February from a left knee injury. While winning the Roland Garros title gave him great satisfaction, given everything he’s overcome, Nadal did not rank the achievement above or below any of his previous major successes.
“When you have period of time like I had, you realise that you don't know if you will have the chance to be back here with this trophy another time. So that makes this one very special,” Nadal said.
“But I had in the past, very special moments in important matches too. That is not fair, because today happened, I say that's the most special one. Today, this one is the most special one, but last year was very special; 2008 Wimbledon was very special; 2009 Australian Open was very special; 2010 US Open was just amazing because I complete[d] the Grand Slam. So all these moments in my career were very, very special for me.”
Nadal values the appreciation he receives from friends and family, but says he doesn’t expect a welcome home celebration in Mallorca, as the locals respect their hero’s right to privacy.
“It's true I like feeling that people love me. It's a very special feeling,” Nadal said. “But I don't need them to come to the airport to know that they like me. I am fortunate. Many people demonstrate their friendship to me each day and this is the most important. These are the most wonderful feelings when you feel people love you.
“Of course some guys like to see a crowd waiting for them at the airport. But in Mallorca, the best present they give me is to leave me alone, to give me peace, to let me get back to my real, normal life. Because when you leave a big event like this one, a big tournament like this one, you have no real life, like all players. I can't be a guy of my age. So being left alone, this is priceless.”
Gasol Makes Trip
Pau Gasol was among the celebrities in attendance for the all-Spanish final. The basketball star Tweeted a photo of himself with countrymen Ferrer and Nadal.
Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan won their first Roland Garros title in 10 years Saturday evening in Paris and reflected on how their lives have changed since 2003.
“I just remember, we were sleeping on the floor at the Pierre et Vacances. A lot of things have changed in that way,” said Bob Bryan.
“We were trying to save a buck staying at the junior hotel. The lights, I remember you walk down the hall and it's all like motion sensors, so it would be dark and it could be light and then be dark behind you. It was just kind of a creepy roach motel. Now we have the suite at the Claridge. We're not so frantic in these moments. We have been there before. We have the formula for winning Grand Slam titles.”
Mike Bryan added, “We just decided to save a buck. I think it was only 100 Euros a night. Now Bob is paying 700 a night with extra room for the baby. The beds were horrendous. We put everything on the floor. There was one restaurant in the area.”
Trending On Twitter
There were a lot of creative ways to discuss Nadal winning an unprecedented eighth title at the same major. Here are some of the most interesting Tweets, including one from the main man himself.
Rafa has new tel. number you should dial 8- 63 62 63— Tomáš Berdych (@tomasberdych) June 9, 2013
Supercalafragilisticexpialidocious. That's my one word to describe @rafaelnadal— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) June 9, 2013
In the last month, Nadal has beaten Federer, Djokovic, and now Ferrer for the 20th time each. #rg13— Steve Tignor (@SteveTignor) June 9, 2013
He's only just turned 27 years old and is the holder of 8 French Open singles titles... Rafael Nadal. Simply outstanding. Well done Rafa!— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) June 9, 2013
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